Innovation & Adaptive Design®, with Dr. John Kenagy

Physician, healthcare executive, and author Dr. John Kenagy joins us on this week’s episode of “The Innovation Engine” podcast to discuss using Adaptive Design as a means to fuel innovation efforts. Adaptive Design is Dr. Kenagy’s method for business improvement that puts the power to make change in the hands of those closest to the customer.

Adaptive Design was influenced by tenets of the Toyota Production System and Clayton Christensen’s teachings on disruptive innovation. On this episode of the podcast, we discuss how businesses of all stripes can use Adaptive Design to drive innovation, how a life-changing experience led to the formation of Adaptive Design, and the 5 characteristics of great adaptive leaders.

Dr. Kenagy is the author of Designed to Adapt: Leading Healthcare in Challenging Times and the founder of Kenagy & Associates. Designed to Adapt was named Book of the Year in Healthcare Management in 2011 by the American College of Healthcare Executives. Dr. Kenagy’s writing has appeared in the Huffington Post and Healthcare IT News, and Forbes dubbed him “the man who would save health care” in a 2000 article featuring his time studying at the Harvard Business School and subsequent attempts to lower the cost of health care for organizations using Adaptive Design. Organizations using Adaptive Design principles have saved millions of dollars in the years since.

Highlights from this edition of the podcast include:

  • Dr. Kenagy’s observations and experience working with Toyota in the 1990s, and how that influenced what would become Adaptive Design
  • Dr. Kenagy’s thoughts on why incumbents are rarely the ones to disrupt industries
  • The importance of people in the innovation process, and why Toyota said they were a “people development company who just happened to make cars”
  • How Adaptive Design fuels revenue growth by removing waste from processes and systems
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Will Sherlin

Will Sherlin

Senior Manager of Digital Marketing

Will Sherlin is the Senior Manager of Digital Marketing at 3Pillar Global. He oversees the 3Pillar website and other web properties, hosts 3Pillar’s ‘Innovation Engine’ podcast, and manages 3Pillar’s social media accounts. Prior to its acquisition by 3Pillar, Will was an Account Manager at PointAbout, a DC-based mobile app boutique that specialized in developing iPhone and iPad apps. He holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina.

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